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Construction enterprise ongoing

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Some of the base upgrades and new facilities have a direct connection to the arrival of the F-35 Lightening ll joint strike fighter and Luke’s transition to training F-35 pilots. X marks the spot of one of two 10,012-foot runways currently undergoing renovations. Two-hundred-and-twenty feet of asphalt are being scraped up, tossed in…

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Know social media dangers

Today, millions of people use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share memories and keep in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, using these media also gathers the attention of unwanted eyes. Predators now have the capability of knowing a person’s location and personal information, which can often lead to identity theft,…

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Ducks conquer Ragnar Del Sol

Courtesy photo Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks cross the finish line Feb. 28 in Mesa. The more than 200-mile-long Ragnar race is held every year starting in Wickenburg and runs through the night until the race is completed. Members of the 309th Fighter Squadron Wild Ducks participated in a more than 200-mile…

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Punishment costly for drinking, driving, using drugs

It’s unfortunate when it happens — an Airman making the choice to drink and drive or use drugs that are illegal in the Air Force. When hearing the story of those who drank and drove or used drugs, the thought that may come to mind is, “That will never be me.” But, when peer pressure…

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944th reservist receives F-35 firefighter training

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Members from local fire departments watch and listen Feb. 26 during a PowerPoint presentation at the Luke Air Force Base fire station conference room. Local fire departments gathered Feb. 26 to receive training on F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter crisis procedures in case of an emergency here and in the…


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DOD health official updates status of PTSD, TBI care

Posted  January 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — A top Defense Department health official told a Pentagon task force yesterday that determining the impact of mental health programs across the military will be a key project this year for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. DCoE’s director, Navy Capt. Paul Hammer, listed accomplishments over the…

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Stepping into 2013

Posted  January 11, 2013

As we open up on what I hope to be a terrific 2013, I’d like to start it off with a heartfelt thank you to everyone here at Luke Air Force Base. I’m so grateful for our talented and dedicated Airmen — enlisted, officers and civilian — who work hard each and every day to…

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Year in Photos

Posted  January 11, 2013
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Top Hats graduate 16 into combat Air Force

Posted  December 21, 2012

Basic F-16 Course class 12-DBG of the 310th Fighter Squadron is well on its way to being “Dressed to Kill” as combat ready F-16 pilots. When they graduate on Jan. 4, 2013, they will continue the legacy of 310th Fighter Squadron trained fighter pilots who have fought in every war from World War II to…

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Ducks train in high desert

Posted  December 21, 2012

One Luke Air Force Base fighter squadron spent last week in a cold, unforgiving high desert environment doing training with remote piloted aircraft, F-22s and German Tornadoes. The 309th Fighter Squadron might not have actually been cold, but they did spend Dec. 7 through 14 flying and training in the 5,000′ elevation high desert of…

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Thunderbirds headline 2013 open house

Posted  December 21, 2012

The U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, will join Luke Air Force Base March 16 and 17 for Luke’s biennial open house and air show. Performing alongside the Thunderbirds in the air show lineup thus far include an F-16 close air support demonstration and a Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier demonstration, among others. Previous…

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Life experience leaves lasting impression

Posted  December 21, 2012

Easter vacation had begun, I had a good 6th grade term report card in hand and my mind was filled with multiple ideas of how I would use the forthcoming week of freedom as I walked home from school. Mom had told me she would be off doing errands, and I was to come straight…

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Leadership: Matter of ABCs

Posted  December 21, 2012

Leadership, depending on who you ask, can have many definitions. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines leadership as: “1. the office or position of a leader; 2. capacity to lead; and 3. the act or an instance of leading.” Wikipedia defines leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal.” In a military environment, these…

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THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Posted  December 21, 2012

Airman 1st Class Sharonda Walker: 56th Fighter Wing Command Post Emergency actions controller Hometown: Meridian, Miss. Years in service: One Family: Husband and 2-month-old son Education: Pursued an accounting degree from Alcorn State University, Miss. Previous assignments: Air National Guard, 186th Air Refueling Wing, Key Field, Miss. Inspirations: Mother, husband and an older sister Goals:…

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ALS graduates 53 Airmen in class 13-1

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 52 senior airmen Dec. 13 from class 13-1. The graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted. The award winners are: John L. Levitow: Christopher Williamson, 56th Contracting Squadron Distinguished graduates: Kassandra Parot, 56th Force Support Squadron; Christopher Pearce, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Alfredo…

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